The best part about backyard celebrations is how casual they can be (at the bare minimum, all you need is a backyard and some friends to invite). But after many months of minimal celebrating, it's only fair that you're thinking a bit more about how to throw a few get-togethers this summer.
To make sure all your soirees go smoothly, you need only snag a few key items from Walmart. These eight items (big and small) will make sure all your celebrations go off without a hitch.
Arguably the most important thing to think about when planning a backyard hangout? The weather. And while a thunderstorm may shut things down completely, the sun can be a lot to handle after a few hours. Luckily, it's no match for this 10-foot umbrella that you can easily angle to create the most amount of shade.
This serving tray checks off on two requirements for the perfect party essential: practical and chic. Use it to show off pretty desserts, carry veggies to the grill, hold tableware or even serve a fancy salad.
String lights don't just bring a dash of style, they can also keep your party well-lit into the late hours of the night (especially if you're hosting guests who'd prefer to hang outside rather than in). Plus for under $30, there's no reason not to snag a set, or a few...
Super chic and versatile, this white wooden table goes with just about any party theme. Fill it with greenery, add a gingham tablecloth, turn it into a dessert table — the options are endless. Plus, before you ask, it's resistant to all the usual outdoor suspects: mold, mildew, fungi, etc.
From all-day gatherings where guests' feet are almost surely going to get tired to the more obvious dinner parties, extra seating is never a bad idea. These red chairs will add a pop of color and hint of retro to all your summer soirees.
Coleman Xtreme 150 Qt Cooler, $99.08
Individual drinks will help all guests feel a bit more comfortable (plus they're way easier than making your own), and this 150-quart one has no issue keeping a large party hydrated. Move it to the most high-trafficked area, so guests can grab a drink whenever they're thirsty.
Nourison Positano Area Rug, $36.56+
A welcome pop of color on your patio at any time, a pretty rug is any easy, functional way to dress up a casual backyard get-together. This one's flat weave makes it durable enough for indoor or outdoor use.
While its main job is being a cute place to sit, this bench works overtime as extra storage for outdoor odds and ends. Pro tip: Even if it usually lives on your front porch, you can always bring it to the backyard for additional seating. And with that, you're well on your way to being a super host 2.0.